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 Fastest round the world sailing-world record set by Francis Joyon

[Jan 20]BREST, France--Francis Joyon, a 51-year-old Frenchman circled the planet alone in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds in a trimaran and set a new world record for the fastest around-the-world sailing.

   The 51-year-old's maxi-trimaran crossed the finish line after 57 days 13 hours 34 minutes and 6 seconds following a 21,600 nautical miles (38,900km) journey.
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   "57 days, I don't dare believe it," said Joyon, adding that he now hoped to "sleep more than one or two hours a night". "

   Right up to the end, I was worried about damage. In the night I almost hit a container ship and I had a fishing boat across from me. It has been a constant struggle."  
   Francis Joyon, who beat the record set by Briton Ellen MacArthur in 2005, reached the finish line near Brest in the northwestern tip of France in his red trimaran IDEC in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and six seconds.
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    "I have no vocation for being a hero, my vocation is for doing my job well as a sailor," Joyon told journalists after his arrival at Brest. "I'm happy because I came back earlier than expected and I made the record more difficult to beat," he added.
     Francis Joyon also becomes the only solo sailor in the world to have grabbed the non-stop single-handed round the world voyage record aboard a multihull on two occasions after a first record back in 2004.
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    A feat that was has only been bettered once since then and that was when Ellen MacArthur successfully completed her voyage in 2005, which led to her being awarded the title of Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.

    For two months, Joyon skirted the southern reaches of the globe in his 29-meter, 9-ton trimaran IDEC, sleeping only in short spells and grappling with fierce wind and a damaged mast. "He has been in racing form the whole time," said Jean-Yves Bernot, Joyon's on-land navigator.
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   In the Pacific, Joyon detoured as far south as 58 degrees, toward a patch of glaciers, to avoid fierce wind farther north, Bernot said.

   Rough wind and then damage to a girder supporting the mast forced Joyon to slow down when he got to the Atlantic.

    He climbed the 105-foot mast to make repairs himself, but was worried until the end of the journey that it could snap again, according to his Web site.
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  His boat had no standard electrical generators aboard, which meant he had no heat ó but also meant the boat was lighter than usual. He used wind turbines and solar panels to allow for automatic piloting and communication equipment.
      With weather working largely in his favor, he broke several intermediary records along the way. He crossed the Indian Ocean in 9 days, 12 hours. He crossed the Pacific in just 10 days, 14 hours. His Equator-Equator journey spanned just 41 days, 8:19.
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   Comments from Francis Joyon
   A radio session enabled a dozen journalists to question Francis live on the website,
    Francis Joyon: "I learnt a lot about the weather during this round the world voyage; working with Jean-Yves Bernot was very interesting. It allowed me to judge more finely the weather patterns."
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    "Iím pleased to have accomplished a great voyage. I did it because itís something I like doing. Iím not doing it for ambitious reasons..." \

    "Records are there to be beaten. My time back in 2003 looked like it couldnít be smashed. Then, Ellen MacArthur, with her remarkable performance beat it the following year."

     "There were two very worrying moments; once in the south in the middle of the ice, as the storm started to blow, and in the Doldrums, when I discovered I could lose my mast..."
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     "The breaking up of the pack ice and the icebergs floating around at unusual latitudes attracted my attention. The time I spent sailing around the world also proves that the planet isnít as big as we imagine and that we need to take much better care of it..."

  The major dates for the record:
  Start from Brest: Friday 23rd November 2007 at 11h05í52.   Crossing the Equator (outward): Friday 30th November at 4h03 in 6 days 17 hours and 58 minutes. 2 days ahead of Ellen MacArthur.   Cape of Good Hope: Saturday 8th December at 18h21, in 15 days, 7 hours and 16 minutes. 4 days ahead.
   24-hour record on Wednesday 12th December 2007: 616.07 miles at an average speed of 25.66 knots. Since improved to 619.3 miles by Thomas Coville.
   Cape Leeuwin: Sunday 16th December. 7 days ahead. Indian Ocean Record (South of Tasmania): Tuesday 18th December in 9 days, 12 hours and 3 minutes. Record improved by three days.    Cape Horn : Saturday 29th December at 23h31 in 35 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes. 9.5 days ahead.
   Crossing the Equator (homeward run): Thursday 10th January at 13h23 in 48 days, 2 hours and 18 minutes. 12 days and 11 hours ahead.
    Finish in Brest: Sunday 20th January 2008 at 0h39í58íí, in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds.
   Record beaten by 14 days, 44 minutes and 27 seconds.
   Around 26,400 miles covered at an average speed of 19.09 knots on the water.

    The history of the three non-stop solo multihull records
    Francis Joyon. IDEC. 2008. 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds.
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    Ellen MacArthur. Castorama. 2005. 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds
    Francis Joyon. IDEC. 2004. 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes, 22 seconds.   

    Previous attempts:
    Olivier de Kersauson. Un autre regard.1989. 125 days, 19 hours, 32 minutes. Two stopovers
    Philippe Monnet. Kriter. 1988. 129 days. Two stopovers.
    Alain Colas. Manureva. 1974. 169 days. One stopover.

    In his 97ft-long IDEC II, which is 22ft longer than MacArthur's B&Q, the Breton took a massive 14 days off the Englishwoman's record and reclaimed the mark he broke in February 2004.

   Then Joyon became the first sailor to circumnavigate the world solo in less than the mythical 80 days of Jules Verne, finishing in 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds.

   But just a year later MacArthur took just over a day off this mark.

    Joyon came back in July 2005 to smash the world record for the crossing of the North Atlantic by a solo yachtsman in 6 days 4 hours 1 minute and 37 seconds.

    And determined to reclaim the round-the-world title Joyon sailed out of Brest on November 23, needing to be back by February 3 (0023 GMT) for the new record.

   He set a blistering early pace, reaching the Cape of Good Hope only 15 days and seven hours after his departure - four days and two hours faster than MacArthur in 2005 - with an average speed of 20.12 knots.

    Trimaran IDEC -

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